Sunday, 30 November 2008

GOD The Rock

Many churches lack discipline, which leads to people making their own rules of the church instead of following God's rules of the church.
What is your personal sensuous motif of God? Think about that before thinking about why you go to church. Is it to glorify God?

Psalms 62:2
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Science vs Religion vs Faith

There is not ONE piece of evidence from science that can give a water-proofed argument. Scientists are "still working on it." The theory is utterly breaking down. They won't take the option of creation as evidence. The Holy Bible has never changed. It has been rewritten several times, but only to be translated into different languages, especially from Olde English to the modern English.

Christianity has also broken down; into different denominations where you can pick and choose what feels right to you. But the scripture in the Bible has never changed. People just twist the words into their own belief, replacing God into their own liking, breaking the first and second commandment. Hypocrites! We as human beings with our freedom of choice change so many times in our life. We may change our image of God when we refuse God's Word in the Bible.

There was nothing religious about my conversion into a Christian. Religion can be unreasonable. It's easy to fall into the dogma of religion if you don't keep your mind on God and reading the Bible constantly with consistency. The image of our God can be shaped and shifted to whatever you feel like it should be if you don't follow the instructions of the LORD (scriptures) yourself.

Religious practice teaches us to do good works, or rely on a day to get us to heaven. Just opening the Bible and reading the scripture once a week at church is self sacrificial. You can't woo God over with good deeds and religious acts. This is not a romantic relationship. Jesus is not your romantic lover.

We should be intimate with the LORD but not in some sexual or sensual way. Don't get me wrong. We are supposed to be intimate with Him, but in a Biblical and an intellectual relationship with Him.

We must be saved by faith alone in Jesus. That is the difference between religion and faith. We don't rely on going to church or on a day to getting us to heaven. Faith alone in Christ everyday; reading your Bible, and simply repenting can only save you. Love God with all your heart, mind and strength and keep His commandments. If you don't keep your faith, you can lose it!

Blindess of Faith

Some people can be blinded of faith, but others could be blinded by faith.
Being blind in faith can lead to extremism and unreasonable debates that will lead to a never ending resolution. There has to be a line between the unbelievers, agnostics, and the faithful. Both share their own beliefs, but if one side doesn't take in favour of both logic, they would be only be dogged by single-mindedness of their own beliefs.

Acts 20:30
Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following.

So many evangelists would preach the scriptures back to the atheist without reasoning with his conscience. An atheist has his own morals that he has grown up with. We all have regardless of the teachings from the Bible. Everyone has come from a different background that we cannot change by just applying the Gospel. We must look deep into their hearts, find out who they are, and relate to them before sharing our faith of our LORD with the Holy scriptures.
Take this into account for the next time you decide to witness to someone who just won't listen. It's not worth your time, nor theirs.

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind...

Not everyone can be right. We can't be afraid to judge, because the time will come when God is forgotten and we believers will have to judge the world. (1 Cor 6:2)

Do Not Judge Others

Matthew 7:1-6
"Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others.* The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged." *
"And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye* when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye."
"Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.* Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you."

For God will judge you as you judge others. 7:2b The measure you give will be the measure you get back. 7:3 Greek your brother’s eye; also in. 7:4 Greek your brother. 7:6 Greek Don't give the sacred to dogs.

1 Corinthians 4:3-4
As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don't even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn't prove I'm right. It is the LORD himself who will examine me and decide.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Extremist Evangelist

The Bible is only a step off the pedal to a faithful righteous life with our loving God.
Arrogance gone too far can push backsliders and unbelievers further than before. It's downright offensive!
I have learned this from almost losing a friend because of my faith by pressuring too much of the Gospel on them, and not giving into account the consequences until it was too late. Look to your lips, watch what you say.

Proverbs 17:14
Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate,
so stop before a dispute breaks out.

Titus 1:10
For there are many rebellious people who engage in useless talk and deceive others.

Titus 3:9
Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual genealogies or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time.

1 Corinthians 3:3
For you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn't that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren't you living like people of the world?

2 Timothy 2:4
Soldiers don't get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.

2 Timothy 2:14
Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God's presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them.

2 Timothy 4:3-4
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

Let's Fish!

My favourite quote,

Matthew 4:19
"And he said to them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."

This means that if you follow him, he will show you how to fish for people! (Witness to people) He'll show you how to throw out the bait into deep waters and reel in the fish! So, let's spread the Gospel!

Salvation In The Ark: Genesis

Genesis 6:13-14 (KJV)
"And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Make you an ark of gopher wood; rooms shall you make in the ark, and shall pitch it within and without pitch."

*The Greek definition for pitch is atonement.

"And behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, form under the heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die."

He will give us His Word to spread upon the earth, so that we don't have to die from His wrath.

"And take to you of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to you; and it shall be for food for you, and for them."

The food is the word of God, and we are to gather it into our minds, and spread it throughout the world.

Chapter 7:16
"And they went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in."

We can also turn to the new testament in the book of Matthew chapter 4, where Jesus refers to the food saying, verse 4,
"It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God."

The LORD God, flooded the whole world. The Ark was the salvation and water proofed by atonement. God closed the door and saved Noah from the destruction to come by the flood.
true believers can come into the Ark for salvation and only God can close the door.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Good-Bye Atheists

The Christian carries around a deep and heavy sorrow. He is like a man who sees villagers happily living beneath a great dam. He has seen cracks in the dam and he knows that they will soon die if they don’t move from where they are living. But the villagers refuse to believe his warning, and even mock his every word. His sorrow is that their deaths will be totally needless.

I know that when I say goodbye to my loved ones for the last time, I will see them again at the resurrection of the just and the unjust. If you want that incredible consolation, stop doubting, and take a long and honest look at the Ten Commandments. They are going to justly damn you forever. Then take a long look at the Savior on the cross. That’s what can save you completely. Then move out of the sinful village of this world, through repentance and faith in Jesus. When your sins are forgiven, instead of having God against you, "God will be with you"

Atheists Morality

An Atheist asks, "Why should we follow the Bible?"

He continues to say,

"You don't need God to explain our morality.... it comes from a convention."
"You don't need a transcendental code to explain the neurons of our moral centre."
"Yet just because I appeal to a rationality, and I appeal to my senses, and I appeal to my inner thoughts, I'm saying that a thing that has a loaded association with so many other things such as a transcendental being that gives it.....
(Interrupted but continues...)
This is a fact, when we look to the transcendental meaning God, or mystical or justification, it doesn't adequately explain why we should follow it! It doesn't mean that we should follow God... to follow the code."
"The large reason for morality is to keep us alive, and that's a fact!"
"Other living beings have social systems."
"The Bible is just a doctrine thought up by a man."
"Those scriptures were written by a man."
"Even if the commandments were the ten commandments and God was real, and even if you as far as saying that you should follow them.... even if you go into the world to find a reason why to follow them, and why you should be moral, and why we should do something, you're never gonna be able to give a reason why you should follow Him.... and explain a motivated reason to follow it, you will never give a reason for all the pieces of the puzzle."

How about monkeys and dogs, could you consider that they make decisions on their own law of code?
Absolutely NOT!
We were created from the image of God!

Are the commandments made just to keep us from dying?
Yes! Not only mortally, but immortally to live an everlasting life after death. The problem is that we will die some day. That's a fact!

Matthew 3:10
"Even now the ax of God's judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire."

Not only the Bible tells us, but once we repent and accept the Holy Spirit, we will be shown the commandments and understand His will for us. Jesus paid our fine and took the sinners death for us so that we will be saved and given everlasting life. God knows all of your sins, even your secret ones! So, accept Him, thank Him, and repent your sins! (Matt 3:2)

When you are told about your sins, you might get angry because the judgment describes yourself. We don't like when our secrets are revealed. Judgment shows us our sins, our nature! The antidote is repentance of sin.

Matthew 3:12
"He is ready to separate the chaff from the wheat with his winnowing fork. Then he will clean up the threshing area, gathering the wheat into his barn but burning the chaff with never-ending fire."

Allow him to clean up your life and take away the evil in your heart, and save you from damnation. He loves us so much, He wants to save us!

Jesus said, You must not test the LORD your God. (Matt 4:7)

Don't wait until it is too late, you never know if you die today, or tomorrow. Repent today, right now, and turn away from your sins! Ask Jesus into your life and trust in Him. God will give you His righteousness and cleans you from your sins, and give you a new heart, a new mind, and a new understanding of the Bible. Don't listen to the Devil, and say, I'll do it tomorrow, I'll do it tomorrow. If you hear God speaking to you, do it now!

Friday, 21 November 2008

Looking Beyond Our Disappointments

Ever wanted to ask God, Are we there yet?
God gives us principles (the scriptures) to help us understand why He puts us through disappointment in life. How do we respond to them? Is an emotional response to our failure to fulfill our goals and desires. That stalls us on our track and derails us from our focus on God.

Please read John chapter 11 "The Raising of Lazarus"
Here are some principles to learn from this passage.

First Principle:
God has a purpose for allowing the disappointments of our life.

Our disappointments don't have anything to do with God not loving us. God is loving us. Do you know why? Because it's all God does for us.

Second Principle:
God is more interested in our spiritual growth than relieving us from disappointments.

We don't get stalled, we don't get derailed. We use every disappointment as a stepping stone to learn, and to move forward in God's purpose in our life.

Our Living God

"God created man in his own image" (Gen 1:27)

God created us for Himself.

"You must not have any other god but me." (Exo 20:3)

We cannot create God for ourselves.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

You Can't Handle The Truth

"You want answers!" "I want the truth!" "You can’t handle the truth!" It's one of the most memorable pieces of dialogue in movie history. The egotistical and self-righteous Colonel Nathan Jessep would later angrily admit to the arrogant and brash JAG Officer, Lieutenant JG Daniel Kaffee, that he broke military law. Colonel Jessep believed he was justified in violating the law. He got up from the witness chair and began to march out of the courtroom, as if he was above the law and the authority of the court. But the judge ordered him detained by military police, telling the colonel, "You aren’t going anywhere!"

Colonel Jessep's courtroom outburst in a Hollywood film illustrates a sad reality. Most people cannot handle the truth—the truth about themselves. Most people consider themselves good and they easily justify their actions. Do you consider yourself to be a good person? If you do, then ask yourself the following questions and answer them honestly.

Have you ever told a lie?
Have you ever stolen anything?
Have you ever taken God’s name in vain?

Then, according to God’s Law (The Ten Commandments), and by your own admission, you are a lying, thieving, blasphemer at heart. Every lawbreaker will one day find himself or herself standing before God, the righteous Judge. The verdict will be "guilty." And, like Colonel Jessep, you will not be able to justify yourself, assert your innocence, and leave the courtroom.

Instead, having been found guilty of breaking God's Law, the sentence will be "death"—eternity in the torment of hell. The good news is that God doesn't want to send you to hell. So, He sent His sinless Son, Jesus Christ—God in the flesh. He took upon himself the punishment you rightly deserve for your sins against God when He shed His innocent blood and died on the cross. Three days later, He defeated death when He rose from the grave.

So, what must you do to be saved? You want answers? You want the truth? You must recognize that you cannot save yourself and escape God's judgment. You must confess your sins against God, repent (turn away from your sins), and put your trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation. Repent and place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, right now. You will pass from death into life and receive the free gift of eternal life.

Please consider these things carefully. Can you handle the truth?

I See Dead People

Millions of people presently walking upon the face of the earth are dead and they don't realize it. You may be one of them. To find out if you are among the living or the dead, honestly answer the following questions.

Have you ever told a lie?
Have you ever stolen something?
Have you ever hated someone? Jesus said that you have committed murder in your heart by harboring anger or hatred toward someone.
Have you ever taken God's name in vain?

Then, by your own admission, you're a lying, thieving, murdering, blasphemer at heart. You are guilty of breaking God's Law (The Ten Commandments). Not only does God see you as guilty; He also sees you as dead in your trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). Finding you guilty of breaking His Law, He will sentence you to eternity in hell, as the just punishment for your sins against Him.

Although tragic, there's good news. Two thousand years ago, God the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, to take upon Himself the punishment sinners rightly deserve for their sins against a holy God when He shed His innocent blood and died on the cross. Three days later, He defeated sin and death when He rose from the grave.

As a result of Jesus Christ's perfect life and shed blood, you can have peace with God, have your sins forgiven and inherit eternal life, but you must be "born again" (John 3:3). Being born again is a supernatural work that only God can do when He transforms your heart and gives you new desires. Once you are born again, God will enable you to repent (turn from your sins) and place your faith in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation.

Please consider these things carefully. When you stand before God, you do not want to be counted among the dead; but those who have received the free gift of eternal life that only He can give.

Please read Mark 8:34, John 14:6 and Matthew 10:34-39.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Can A Jew Believe In Christ?

Isaiah 53

Who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed his
powerful arm?
My servant grew up in the LORD's presence like
a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about
his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him.
He was despised and rejected--
a man or sorrows, acquainted with deepest
We turned our backs on him and looked the
other way.

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a
punishment for his own sins!
But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.
All of us, like sheep have strayed away.
We have left God's paths to follow our own.
Yet the LORD laid on him
the sins of us all.

He was oppressed and treated harshly,
yet he never said a word.
He was like a lamb to the slaughter.
And as a sheep is silent before the shearers,
he did not open his mouth.
Unjustly condemned,
he was led away.
No one cared that he died without
that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
for the rebellion of my people.
He had done no wrong
and had never deceived anyone.
But he was buried like a criminal;
he was put in a rich man's grave.

But it was the LORD's good plan to crush him
and cause him grief.
Yet when his life is made an offering for sin,
he will have many descendants.
He will enjoy a long life,
and the LORD's good plan will prosper
in his hands.
When he sees all that is accomplished by his
he will be satisfied.
And because of his experience,
my righteous servant will make it possible
for many to be counted righteous,
for he will bear all their sins.
I will give him the honors of a victorious
because he exposed himself to death.
He was counted among the rebels.
He was counted among the rebels.
He bore the sins of many and interceded
for rebels.

( Written 700 years before Christ.)

Friday, 7 November 2008

"Why Are There So Many Different Religions?"

It has been said that religion is man's way of trying to deal with his guilt. Different religions have different ways of attempting to rid their adherents of sin and its consequences. They fast, pray, deny themselves legitimate pleasures, or chasten themselves, often to a point of inflicting pain. They do this because they have a concept of what they think God (or the gods) is like, so they seek to establish their own righteousness, being ignorant of God's righteousness.
The Good News of the Christian faith is that no one need suffer the pains of religious works. Christ's blood can cleanse our conscience from the head works of religion (Hebrews 9:14). Jesus took our punishment upon Himself, and He is the only One who can save us from sin and death. Acts 4:12 and John 14:6.

The Evidence Bible
Compiled by Ray Comfort

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Focus On The Prize

Always focus on the Word of God and His promise for us.

1 Corinthians 7:17-19
"Each of you should continue to live in whatever situation the Lord has place you, and remain as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches. For instance, a man who was circumcised when he became a believer should not be circumcised now. For it makes no difference whether or not a man has been circumcised. The important thing is to keep God's commandments."

Now Is The Time To Repent

We never know when Jesus will come, and God kept that in mind so that we would keep busy and always be focused on Him. Jesus never told us when he would return because God had a plan. If we knew we had a scheduled time limit till we are judged, we would just wait till the last minute to repent. If we knew, we wouldn't care! We wouldn't live our lives as righteous as He wanted. His grace would not allow us to belong in Heaven if we were not truly cleansed and given our whole trust in Him. We are His slaves and are intended to act accordingly. Don't wait till it's too late! Repent NOW!

1 Corinthians 7:21
"Are you a slave? Don't let that worry you -- but if you get a chance to be free, take it."

Monday, 3 November 2008

Standards in Christian Culture: Part 3, The Modern Church

Sadly, multitudes of professing Christians lose their joy when the flight gets bumpy. They are the product of "man-centred" preaching.
Because the Law is rarely used in modern day evangelism, many pastors are frustrated and make the Gospel man-centred in an effort to attract converts. They don't see men and women embracing the Good News, so they turn to man made methods.

Ministers gently woo sinners to the altar with the "every eye closed and every head bowed" approach. Then, as the music gently plays, the preacher asks, "Why not ask the person next to you to come with you so Jesus can fill that God-shaped vacuum within his heart?"

We try to seduce them that Jesus will make them happy. In fact, we use every method to bring people to Christ except the method God has obtained -- the Law as a "schoolmaster" to bring them to Christ!

Hell's Best Kept Secret
Author and Pastor, Ray Comfort

"All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution."
2 Timothy 3:12

"We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
Acts 14:22

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous."
Psalm 34:19

"In the world you will have tribulation."
John 16:33

"You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad(the road that leads to destruction), and it's gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, andonyl a few ever find it."
Matthew 7:13-14

"Not everyone who calls out to me, 'Lord, Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter."
Matthew 7:21

Modern Evangelism is becoming theologically liberal. Preachers seem to teach that if you do good works, you will be blessed and saved. It doesn't say this anywhere in the Bible. You cannot bribe your way into God's Kingdom.

Instead, we should be telling the sinner the law. If a person is sick and you know they are, wouldn't you want to tell them? We are just letting them die if we don't tell them that they are sick. We as the body of Christ should let the sinner know what damnation lies ahead for them in their path if they continue to sin. If you really care for your sibling, spouse, parent, friend, co-worker, neighbour, whoever it is you care about, let them know. Then, they will only realize what is wrong, and they will want to know how they can cure their disease. If the sinner doesn't think that they have been doing anything wrong, they will not care why Jesus gave his life for us. Tell them about the jump: that "And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, " (Hebrews 9:27)
After they have understood that, they should repent, and accept Jesus' blood for their sins: "so also Christ died once for as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people." (Hebrews 9:28)